Forum Research

Forum has created a Discussion Paper series over the years – the idea behind Forum Discussion Papers is to ensure that we effectively realise the added value of Forum as a network of International Volunteering Cooperation Organisations (IVCOs) within our capacity to deliver. It is not our primary intention to pursue a high level academic research model, but to intervene in debates around the key issues facing IVCOs, drawing on the experiences of Forum members and other IVCOs, mapping future trends, identifying key challenges and practical ways forward. Forum works to a set of  Research Protocols.

Position Papers

Volunteer Groups’ Sectoral Position Paper to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” Volunteer Groups Alliance, 2017

Executive Summary, Volunteer Groups’ Sectoral Position Paper to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” Volunteer Groups Alliance, 2017

Volunteer Groups’ Position Paper to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2016

Volunteer Groups’ Position Paper to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2015

Key messages on the Role of Volunteerism in shaping and implementing an inclusive and sustainable development agenda for the future 2014

Forum Position Paper 2013: Forum and the post-2015 development agenda

Research

UNV-Forum Paper 2014: International Volunteering and Governance

Forum Research 2012: Participatory Research on the Impact of International Volunteerism in Kenya

Executive Summary, Forum Research 2012: Participatory Research on the Impact of International Volunteerism in Kenya

Forum Research 2010: Emerging Perspectives on International Volunteerism in Asia

Discussion Papers

IVCO 2017 Framing Paper: Implementation of the SDGs through transformative partnership in volunteering

IVCO 2017 Sub-Theme Paper – Enabling Environment

IVCO 2017 Sub-Theme Paper – Innovation

IVCO 2017 Sub-Theme Paper – Measurement

Forum Discussion Paper 2015: Documenting the Contribution of Volunteering to the SDGs - The challenges and opportunities of universal SDGs for IVCOs and volunteer groups

Forum Discussion Paper 2015: Balancing Donor Priorities and the Civil Society Function - A Challenge for Modern IVCOs

Forum Discussion Paper 2014: Convergence and International Volunteer Cooperation

Forum Discussion Paper 2013: Measuring and Conveying the Added Value of International Volunteering

Executive Summary, Forum Discussion Paper 2013: Measuring and Conveying the Added Value of International Volunteering

Forum Discussion Paper 2013: Advocating for People Centered Development in the Post-2015 Agenda

Forum Discussion Paper 2012: Assessing the Impact of International Volunteer Cooperation - Guiding Questions and Canadian Experiences

Forum Discussion Paper 2012: MDGs, Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda: opportunities for consolidating the recognition of volunteerism

Forum Discussion Paper 2012: Youth International Volunteering and Development - an Opportunity for Development, International Understanding or Social Inclusion?

Forum Discussion Paper 2011: Changing Patterns of State Funding for International Volunteering

Forum Discussion Paper 2011: The State of Youth Volunteering in Africa

Forum Discussion Paper 2011 (draft): Capacity Development

Forum Discussion Paper 2010: Climate Change

Forum Discussion Paper 2009: Volunteers: Catalysts for Social Engagement

Forum Discussion Paper 2008: How do current trends in development and volunteering intersect with gender?

Forum Discussion Paper 2007: New Developments in Programme Models

Forum Discussion Paper 2007: Voluntary Service and Public Engagement: What’s Happening? What’s New?

Forum Discussion Paper 2007: Climate Change

Trend reports & survey results

A Mapping Exercise into International Volunteer Co-operative Agencies 2009

Future Trends 2007: Opportunities and challenges for international volunteer co-operation

IVCO Survey, 2006

Trends in International Co-operation and Volunteering, 2001 – 2006

Trends, Added Value and Social Capital, 2004